Squad Goals! 5 Fun and Easy Ways to Make Health a Team Effort

08.08.2017

Whether you’re trying to win a World Series, finish a big project at work, or crush your enemies online in the latest Call of Duty game, having a great team to back you up can improve your odds of success by a million (trust us, we did the math). It’s no different when it comes to wellness.

Making healthy changes is hard enough as it is. But it’s even more difficult when you don’t have anyone to cheer you on, hold you accountable, or share in your hard-fought success. That’s why those who struggle to improve their health are typically the poor saps trying to do it all alone.

But that’s totally unnecessary. Especially when there are so many individuals trying to overcome the same challenges. And many of them are the very same people that we work with on a daily basis.

So, what can you do to bring your team together for some healthy fun? Before we get started, let’s go over a few quick guidelines:

Rule #1: Make it optional. No one likes being forced to do anything.

Rule #2: Make it fun. ’Nuff said.

Rule #3: Make it convenient. Setting aside some time during the workday is way more convenient than asking employees to stay late or give up their weekend. 

Got all that? Cool. Once you’ve checked off all those guidelines, the next step is to figure out what to do. Here are a few suggestions to help you make wellness a group effort:

Take a Field Trip: Back in our school days, everyone looked forward to field trip day. And with good reason. Getting away from familiar settings for some fun is a great way to get conversations going and build some camaraderie. To up the fitness ante, perhaps try something that gets everyone moving, like a trip to the bowling alley or even some laser tag. Get creative, and explore the options your city has to offer.

Grab a Bite Together: Being healthy isn’t all about exercise. Nutrition plays a major role too. Instead of celebrating your latest win by sharing a pizza and some soda, why not look for a healthier option? Another idea is to start a healthy potluck and encourage everyone to bring a healthy dish. You might be surprised what culinary masterpieces your team can cook up.

Support a Cause: Nothing brings a team together like a worthy cause. Joining forces to volunteer for a local charitable organization can not only build some teamwork and improve mental well-being, but it can also do some good in your local community. Struggling to decide on a cause to support? Ask your team. Chances are, they already have something in mind.

Conduct a Fitness Class: If you have an on-site gym or workout area, put it to use by starting up a fitness class. Invite a personal trainer to host an activity that everyone will enjoy so they can get in on the fun. Working up a sweat not your thing? Maybe you should consider hosting a meditation class instead. That way, employees can learn some relaxation techniques to help them stay relaxed when things get stressful.

Throw Down a Challenge: Many wellness programs offer employer and/or peer challenges where program members can compete against each other in some sort of healthy competition, like a steps challenge. If your program supports challenges, why not set up a team challenge and call out another department in the organization? It will be good for your team, and for the other department as well.

Every company relies on the power of teamwork to achieve their objectives. How you go about cultivating that teamwork says a lot about your company culture and what the organization as a whole finds valuable. Incorporating healthy activities like the ones suggested here can help you make a loud and clear statement that the health and well-being of your employees is important.

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